2. Now watch the Foundation Videos to learn to recognize the top 30 letters and speak your first 100 words in about two hours.
3. Study by yourself online or attend the intensive six-day Read Thai workshop
July 6-11 or October 19-24 (Monday to Saturday, 8am-5pm) in Chiang Mai.
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What do they say in the media?
|Learn Thai Online, or the Rapid Method, are not mentioned anywhere on this otherwise comprehensive and resource-rich site (A Women Learning Thai... and some men too). Isn't that strange? Either the Rapid Method is so terrible that it cannot be mentioned or it embarrassingly effective! What do you think?|
|Warning. The marketing of this course (ebook) produced by Brett Whiteside (Learn Thai from a White Guy) can lead one to believe that it is a "rapid method" for learning Thai. But it is not the Rapid Method. It is similar, but only in the sense that many of the letters are described in terms of pictures and mnemonics. In all other respects, it follows a conventional approach. Try it for yourself first if you like; and then come back and try the Rapid Method. Many who have done so already say there is no comparison!|
Upcoming Learn Thai Workshops:
Chiang Mai July 6-11 or October 19-24 Mon-Sat 8am-5pm
Can't/Won't attend a workshop?
If you can't make the workshop then please sign up for the Read Thai Self-Study Online Course.
Complete the workshop online at your convenience. All the advantages of a live workshop without the hassle or expense (just not quite as fun as learning with friends).
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|Last day of workshop October 2013||Last day of workshop February 2014|
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|Acknowledgement. I met with Stuart Jay Raj - a man fluent in over a dozen languages - when I first came to Thailand in 2005. He already had his course Cracking Thai Fundamentals and I already had the Rapid Method and we were hoping to develop a Rapid Cracking Thai Fundamentals course together. However, he got busy with other things, while I continued to develop and refine the Rapid Method over the years. The ideas for the first few vowel letters (aah, bread, bad) come from his Cracking Thai course but I subsequently changed the direction of the Rapid course by using different mnemonics and a somewhat non-linguistic approach. Stu is a true linguist and his language courses at Jcademy are remarkable journeys into Thai and related Indic/Chinese languages. I will be incorporating his suggestion to use the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) to help you accurately pronounce the Thai letters. But we both agree completely that the sooner you do away with any phonetic transliteration the better. Unless you are a young child, it's very difficult to learn to speak Thai correctly if you cannot read. Stu's video courses cover nuances and details about Thai in a very informative and entertaining way. I will be sending you the essential video links from Jcademy to supplement the Rapid courses after you have completed the Rapid Read Thai course.||